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Crisis in childhood HIV treatment in western and central Africa

Too few children are being diagnosed in the region with only 27% of infants exposed to HIV being tested for HIV infection within eight weeks of birth in 2018

In 2018, coverage of antiretroviral therapy among children living with HIV in western and central Africa was just 28%, far lower than the global average, which itself was only 54%. There are many reasons for the low childhood antiretroviral therapy coverage in western and central Africa. Too few children are…

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Health should not be a privilege for the rich—the right to health belongs to everyone

In sub-Saharan Africa, four out of five new HIV infections among adolescents are among adolescent girls

Gaps in public financing for health can be met by eliminating tax dodging and implementing progressive taxation; health and development must be protected from the growing impact of debt UNAIDS is calling on governments to ensure that the right to health is realized by all by prioritizing public investments in…

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Cash transfer schemes reduce the chances of adolescent girls and young women contracting Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Studies from Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania show that cash transfers help young people, especially girls, stay in school longer and do better in their studies

Efforts aimed at redressing gender inequalities and socioeconomic inequities can mitigate factors that fuel the HIV epidemic. In a study in Eswatini, cash transfers aimed at keeping adolescent girls and young women in school and giving them greater financial independence resulted in the odds of the recipients becoming HIV-positive being…

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UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director

Ms Byanyima began her career as a champion of marginalized communities and women 30 years ago as a member of parliament in the National Assembly of Uganda

UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement. “I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a critical time in the response to HIV,”…

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UNAIDS calls on countries to accelerate efforts and close service gaps to end the AIDS epidemic among children and adolescents

As global 2018 targets are unmet, Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free report shows that efforts need to focus on the countries falling behind

A new report released today at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Mexico City, Mexico, shows that the world is lagging behind in its commitment to end the AIDS epidemic among children and adolescents. The report, Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free, shows that the pace of progress in…

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UNAIDS to launch 2019 Global AIDS Update in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The report will be launched by the Executive Director a.i. of UNAIDS, Gunilla Carlsson, and the Deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza

News media are invited to attend the global launch of the 2019 Global AIDS Update, Communities at the Centre, in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on 16 July 2019. The report contains the latest data on the progress and challenges in the AIDS response and highlights the enormous impact community health…

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South Africa: pace really matters

South Africa is determined to expand HIV treatment to at least 6.1 million people by 2020

South Africa has reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate the pace of its response to HIV in order to reach the 2020 Fast-Track targets and end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. During the opening plenary of the 9th South Africa AIDS conference in Durban, UNAIDS Deputy…

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Botswana enters new phase of AIDS response

Botswana was the first country in eastern and southern Africa to provide free and universal treatment to people living with HIV

Botswana has reaffirmed its commitment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 with the recent launch of two new five-year strategies. The third National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS and the Multi-sectoral Strategy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases will until 2023 guide the government’s strategic…

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West and Central Africa: Young women more affected than young men

The difference observed in HIV prevalence between men and women in the 20−29 age group is greater than that observed in the Eastern and some Southern African countries

In Western and Central Africa (WCA), survey data suggest that HIV prevalence among women aged 20−29 years old is higher than men of the same age in all countries and between 5 and 9 times higher in some countries such as Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. By ages 40−49, men…

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UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the High Court of Botswana to repeal laws that criminalize and discriminate against LGBT people

UNAIDS has been working with LGBT groups, civil society organizations and other partners to promote a more enabling legal environment in the country

UNAIDS applauds the landmark decision of the High Court of Botswana to declare unconstitutional key provisions of Sections 164 and 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. Those provisions criminalized certain private sexual acts and have led to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Botswana.…